In this life, there are dreamers and doers. Thermometers and thermostats. Clydesdales and Thoroughbreds. What are you? Life will attempt to harness you with every chance it can get. Life will attempt to break you, to box you in, and discourage you. Life will attempt to put you into a position to drain the very life from you. It’s going to happen. It’s a guarantee. That being said, once the smoke clears and the dust settles, there really is only one question: What will be your response?
Our response is dependent upon what we know, what we know ourselves to be, and what we believe. You see some of us are Thoroughbred horses and others of us are Clydesdale horses. Now, thoroughbreds were born to race. They are strong, intelligent, and absolutely tenacious. They push and they push, then they push some more until they reach victory. Yet, like I said, life will try to harness even the thoroughbreds among us. So some of us may find ourselves stuck in a bridle. A bridle is the equipment you would use to harness, control and direct a horse that was meant to be ridden or to pull a carriage. You harness and bridle a Clydesdale. A Clydesdale is used, harnessed or bridled for the benefit of another. It will live it’s entire life carrying the load of another. Pulling another. Being used, for all that it is, by another. It will die in the bridle, and it will never know or experience anything outside of that life. I just want to scream this warning sometimes: Life will try to harness you. How will you respond?
So for descriptive purposes only: I’m a gosh darn Thoroughbred. Life has been constantly trying to harness me. Life is constantly trying to get me to look at my bank account or my possessions, what I may have, and what I don’t have to define myself. Life has been trying to consume me with weaknesses rather than capabilities. It’s been trying to defeat me with sickness. It’s been trying to whip me with low self-esteem. It’s tried to kick my teeth out with suicidal thoughts. But I’m a gosh…darn…Thoroughbred.
Knowing you have the ability, the potential, and the drive to be great without the opportunity is like being a thoroughbred trapped in a bridle. But a bridle doesn’t define the thoroughbred. You see to a thoroughbred, a bridle was meant to be broken. So it pushes, it pushes, and it pushes until it can do what it was created to do.
Yet and still, you have to make up your mind to break every single bridle until victory is yours. “I can-I will-I shall.”
“I can-I will-I shall.” This is what I’ve been hearing the thoroughbred pushing inside of me say lately. So I’ve been repeating it. “I can-I will-I shall.”
“I can” means I have the ability. I’ve acknowledged the fact that I’m a thoroughbred and not a Clydesdale. I’ve acknowledged that I have the potential for greatness. Yet, “I can” is not enough.
“I can-I will.” I will is the decision. “I will” means I’ve decided that this is what I want, and this is who I want to be. Yet and still. “I will”-is not enough. Lord knows there have been plenty of individuals in this life that have had the ability and potential but died with it. There have been millions of individuals that made up their mind to do and be something but came up short. Just having the ability and making a decision is not enough, because Life will try to harness you. So no matter what, “I can and I will” are destined to come up against challenges. “I can and I will” are going to run up against walls and run into NO’s. “I can and I will”, are going to be smacked in the face, whipped by Life, and have their teeth knocked out. Trust me, I’m there right now and I’m sure I will be there again, but I’ve had to progress forward. Simply, because I’m a gosh darn thoroughbred.
“I can. I will….I shall”. I shall is the fortitude. I shall is the juggernaut strength to tuck your head and run through walls. I shall is the Wilberforce mentality that says “no matter how many times I fall, I’ll rise with more strength”. I shall is the “I don’t care what comes! I’m going.”
“I shall” is more than ability. “I shall” is more than the decision. “I shall” is the refusal to quit. “I shall” is the rejection to accept Life lying down. “I shall” is the fortitude to break bridles, because Life will try to harness you. But you have to be a gosh darn Thoroughbred. Push Push and push some more until victory is yours.
I can. I will. I shall. How shall you respond?